the case is completely up to him, choose a case you like and be happy.
as for the harddrive why not go with the western digital caviar black 1tb, its dual proc 32mb and also sata2. it would perform much better than standard harddrives.
i7 920's run warm, standard intel coolers are barely adequate. A good aftermarket cooler will make a difference, especially if you get the itch to O/C.
Core contact freezer cooler goes for about 30 bucks.
the monitor is 17 inch
and according to a review the rc 690 can have 7 fans
ront :120 mm Blue LED fan x 1, 1200 rpm, 21 dBA,
Rear : 120 mm standard fan, 1200 rpm, 21 dBA,
Top : 120 or 140 mm fan x 2 (optional),
Bottom : 120 mm fan x 1 (optional),
Left: 120mm fan x 2 (one is optional)-up to 140mm fans
not really sure what thats the info you need
and also the case is roomy enough to fit SLI, does that help?
what are some examples of 1366 fans?, i cant seem to find any
The core i7 920 plugs into an LGA1366 socket, any cooler you get must be compatible with a LGA1366 socket. The cooler you linked to only supported the old LGA775 socket which is what the core 2's plugged into.
Just look at the information regarding any cooler you are looking at, it will say which cpu's/sockets it can mount to.
The cooler I linked to above supports an LGA1366 socket.
I agree with tonkatuffmofo, at that resolution, even a single 275 is a waste, so get one 275 and a nice 1920x1200 monitor, or a 2048x1152 monitor if you can find one and don't mind the drop in size for the higher resolution.